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America Votes Coalition And NH Democrats Praise Win in Special House Election

Coalition members engaged members and voters in today’s
House election in Wolfeboro

ConcordNH – America Votes New Hampshire is a permanent progressive coalition including some of New Hampshire’s most powerful advocacy organizations working together to increase issue majorities and secure public policy advancements for working families across the state. Tonight, the coalition celebrates the special election win by Edith DesMarais in the New Hampshire House District Carroll 6 special election. The election saw extremely high turnout, around twenty-six percent, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive voter education and communication. 

“Our partners represent a broad economic and social justice agenda,” said Paula Hodges, America Votes NH State Director. “They fight for good jobs, quality healthcare, a clean environment, a strong public education system, voting rights and civil and human rights.  We are proud to have supported Representative-elect DesMarais, who supports these values and worked very diligently in her campaign to secure her position in the House to move New Hampshire forward.”

The America Votes coalition reached out to an estimated total of 1,969 members and voters in the district via phonebanks, canvasses, direct mail, and digital outreach.

Founded in 2003, America Votes-New Hampshire and coalition partners have played a major role in identifying voters and engaging them in civic participation based on their top issue concerns. Partner organizations who participated in the special election programs this May include America Votes New HampshireGranite State ProgressLegislative Majority PAC (The Independent Expenditure arm of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee ), Let America Vote, and SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

The NH Democratic Party also praised the win in Wolfeboro citing grassroots organizing and the rejection of the Sununu / Trump agenda.

New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff issued the following statement:

“We are pleased to see that Democrats are showing up, working hard, and turning out with a renewed sense of purpose. As Democrats, we will continue to fight for every seat in every district of the state. We congratulate and welcome Representative-elect Edie DesMarais to the New Hampshire House.”

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“This is an important night for Democrats in New Hampshire and across the country. With hard work at the grassroots level and a positive message about Democratic ideals, we took back a seat previously held by a Republican. Democrats showed tonight that, in 2017 and beyond, we will reject the reckless and irresponsible policies of Donald Trump and Chris Sununu. It is only appropriate that New Hampshire, the home of the first in the nation primary, would deliver the first seat in the country to flip from red to blue in a working class town like Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.”

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement:

“To rebuild the Democratic party, we need to win from the school board to the Senate. No seat is too small, and to be competitive we have to get back to the basics of grassroots organizing as a party. Last night, two Democratic women won upset victories in down-ballot races where Trump won by a large margin, and held on to a key Democratic seat in New York. They did it by talking to every voter. As President Trump and Republicans across the nation push budgets and policies that help the rich get richer at the expense of the rest of America, Democrats are focused on lifting people up and on the issues that matter to working families. As we saw last night, the Democratic Party continues to turn this moment into a movement and this movement into votes.”


More Support For Mike Cryans For Executive Councilor

Planned Parenthood NH PAC endorses Michael Cryans
NH Women Won’t Tolerate Another Executive Councilor That Wants to Turn the Clock Back on Women’s Health Care

CONCORD – The Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) Action Fund NH PAC has endorsed Michael Cryans in the special election race for the District One seat on the Executive Council. Cryans’ opponent, former state Senator Joe Kenney (R) has a long legislative record of voting to restrict women’s access to reproductive health services, including a vote in 2007 to deny state and federal funds to health care organizations that offer abortion, and specifically Planned Parenthood, even though no public funds are used for this service.

“Women in New Hampshire want leaders that will move our state and its economy forward – not turn back the clock on women’s health care” stated Jennifer Frizzell, Chair of the Action Fund’s New Hampshire political committee. “Joe Kenney would deny women access to birth control, breast exams and cancer screenings by defunding Planned Parenthood,” Frizzell continued.

The Executive Council has been a particular focus of the organization’s political efforts in New Hampshire since June of 2011 when a majority of the Councilors took the unprecedented action of voting against a routine contract for preventive health care services at six Planned Parenthood health centers. None of the 3 Councilors who supported defunding the organization were re-elected to the Council and candidates Colin Van Ostern, Chris Pappas and Deborah Pignatelli all ran successful campaigns on a platform of restoring funds to the organization.

“You only need to look back at the results of the 2012 elections to see that candidates that voted to take away access to birth control, cancer screenings and breast exams and to put ideology before the needs of their constituents were rejected by New Hampshire voters at all levels of the ballot,” continued Frizzell.

The late Ray Burton (R – Bath) was a long-time supporter of Planned Parenthood and the health services provided to his constituents in the Upper Valley. The PPNNE Action Fund seeks a replacement for Burton who will continue to provide such a voice for the residents of District One. PPNNE operates two health centers in Executive Council District One: Claremont and West Lebanon. Taken together these centers serve more than 3,000 women, men and teens in the region each year.

The Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Action Fund is the political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The Action Fund and its NH PAC work to promote and preserve a health care landscape and a political climate that is favorable to improving women’s health and making health care services including family planning, more accessible and affordable.

News from The NH SEA / SEIU 1984


News from the State Employees Association of New Hampshire SEIU Local 1984

Congratulations, Kevin!

Kevin JanvrinSeabrook firefighter Kevin Janvrin was elected to the New Hampshire House on Tuesday.  
“My fellow SEA union members and I are very pleased with the election of Kevin Janvrin as one of our State Representatives,” said Chapter 12 President Asa Knowles. “Mr. Janvrin is a friend, neighbor, co-worker and dedicated public servant. He is committed to supporting the working families in New Hampshire through legislative action to improve working conditions, wages and benefits.”
“As a union member, I was glad to see a Republican run for Representative who supports the labor movement as well as the fact that my union, the SEA, again fulfilled its commitment to support candidates who support working families,” Asa said.  Kevin opposes HB 474, the so-called “Right to Work” bill that House Speaker William O’Brien is still trying to force through despite the Governor’s veto.   
Kevin told the Portsmouth Herald 
“I have been a public servant for 21 years as a firefighter and I’m excited to continue that up in Concord.”
Janvrin faced an uphill battle early on in the race, as he did not receive support from a certain segment of tea party Republicans, who were not happy with his opposition to Right to Work legislation and other policy decisions made by the Republican supermajority.
“They were against me because I was firefighter,” Janvrin said. “I think a message was sent that the people of District 14 want a middle-of-the-road, common-sense kind of guy to lead them in Concord. They are fed up with the far right-wing agenda that’s been going on. It’s time to restore some common sense, because there doesn’t seem like a lot of that has been going on.”
Kevin was a first-time candidate in the special election to fill the Rockingham District 14 seat. 
Have you ever considered thought about running for office yourself?  SEA supports candidates who support working families, regardless of party affiliation.  SEA members who have served in elected office can help you decide whether you want to run — and then help with your campaign.  Please contact Brian Hawkins at 271-3411 x120 or bhawkins@seiu1984.org


Reaching out to voters is an important part of our efforts to protect New Hampshire’s working families from legislative attacks.  Please take the time to help with one of our phonebanks.
  • Saturday, September 10th — 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Monday, September 12th — 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, September 13th — 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 14th — 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 15th — 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 17th — 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
at the SEA Office, 207 North Main Street, Concord.  Training and food are provided.
For more information or to RSVP, contact John Thyng at 271-3411 x113 or jthyng@seiu1984.org



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